It didn't take long for Delino DeShields to open up the throttle and give his hamstring a test after returning from the disabled list on Sunday following a 19-game absence.
DeShields picked up two hits in the game, including a late triple. He later scored on a sacrifice fly.
"Hamstrings linger," Rangers manager Jeff Banister told reporters before the game. "We really don't 100 percent know until we get them out there. He's going to have to manage his routine. I don't think you manage effort level."
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What Banister said is true, hamstring issues can come back to bite you at any time, but the stand-up triple and subsequent tagging up to score had to be encouraging for a Rangers team looking for anything at all encouraging over the weekend.
DeShields is batting .275 with a .365 on-base percentage this season. He has 34 runs in 49 games and has stolen 13 bases. He was back in the leadoff spot on Sunday, where he'd really made a name for himself before leaving a game in mid-June against the Twins with the hamstring injury.
The Rangers were 8-11 without DeShields in the lineup.